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Contributor Series 3: Resolution and Resolve, Recipe for the Impossible


01.09.10 Posted in Contributor Series 3, today's words by

Contributor Series 3: Resolution and Resolve
Recipe for the Impossible
By Cassie Premo Steele

You must do the things

you think you cannot do.


–Eleanor Roosevelt



Here is what to do, my friend,
when your blue anger rises
on yourself: Take a break,
take a shower, go walking
in the rain. Do not let
your brain become a monster.
Use your heart to bake a cake,
take it deep into the forest
in winter, and share it
with the birds there.
Listen to the sweetness
of their songs for you.
You must do the things
you think you cannot do,
I tell you. It is the impossible
that will see you through.



Cassie Premo Steele’s poetry (The Poemgranate [a Pushcart Prize nominee]; Contributor Series 1: 9/11, What the tree has seen; Contributor Series 2: Candy and Spirits, Days of the Dead) appeared at vox poetica in 2009.



4 Responses to “Contributor Series 3: Resolution and Resolve, Recipe for the Impossible”

  1. Sarah says:

    I LOVE this, especially “Use your heart to bake a cake” and “It is the impossible
    that will see you through,” but all of it, really.

  2. bobbie troy says:

    Great poem, Cassie. Good advice.

  3. Jessie Carty says:

    Love this! Especially the use of enjambment :)

  4. Rae says:

    A poem filled with striking ideas and images. I love “blue anger”, and the ways to cure yourself of it. Beautiful.